Connecting with Associations in the Triangle

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Wendy-Jo Toyama, MBA, CAE headshot

Wendy-Jo Toyama, MBA, CAE

Last week, I visited the American Board of Anesthesiology®, which is headquartered in Raleigh.  The mission of the American Board of Anesthesiology® (ABA) is to advance the highest standards of the practice of anesthesiology. As the certifying body for anesthesiologists since 1938, the ABA is committed to partnering with physicians to advance lifelong learning and exceptional patient care. I toured the facility, which is well equipped to handle the candidates and examiners that flow through during a testing period. I was intrigued by the rooms designated for the Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE), which are set up for various scenarios complete with marks on the floor for the patient actors.

In the Chapel Hill, Raleigh, Durham area, known as the Triangle, there are a wealth of non-profit organizations. I am sure this is one reason the leadership considered relocating to this area many years ago. And while there is a fair amount of associations, the opportunity to network with the leader of another national medical organization is powerful. Executive Director Mary Post and I were able to compare notes on hiring in the area, creating a best-in-class organization and dealing with governance challenges.

I recently learned that the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery is moving its Oral Certifying Examination to Raleigh. Please encourage candidate or examiners who are interested in visiting ACPA while in North Carolina to reach out to us here at our national headquarters. We love to meet members and learn more about what we can do to make ACPA membership more meaningful.